No Medicare ACOs For Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has stated it will not be part of CMS accountable care organizations since the model conflicts with the way it runs its Medicare operations, according to a Star Tribune report.

Douglas Wood, Mayo's chairman of healthcare policy and research, said Mayo will not participate in the Medicare ACO under the proposed circumstances. The system sent a nine-page letter to CMS outlining its suggested revisions, but Mr. Wood said the disparity between Mayo's approach to accountable care and the government's rules may be too large to overcome.

One of Mayo's largest concerns was the proposed rule requiring a patient's involvement on the hospital board. Mr. Wood said patients do not need to serve on boards to make treatment patient-centered, according to the report. Mayo also operates in many of Minnesota's rural counties and anticipates problems operating ACOs in those areas due to proposed antitrust regulations.

CMS declined to comment on Mayo's concerns, according to the report.

Read the Star Tribune report on Mayo Clinic and accountable care organizations.

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